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Monday, May 17, 2010

is that a cricket I hear?

My husband, J, is a frugal man. Sometimes when he goes fishing, he has crickets left over. If he plans to go again in the next week or so, he tries to keep the crickets alive.... okay maybe frugal is an understatement! :-) Anyway, he puts water in a milk jug cap and puts it in the cricket basket along with something green for them to eat. And so they won't die from exposure (ha! ha!), he brings them in the house and leaves them by the back door. In case you didn't know it, crickets chirp...... A LOT! Funny thing is, that after a while, I don't hear them anymore.... until someone else comes in the house and says "do you have crickets in here?" Then, I notice them again. J's sister lives close to the interstate highway, but she says she doesn't hear the traffic until someone else mentions it. We have a friend who lives near the railroad tracks. He told me once that when they first moved in the house, the train woke him up every night. Soon, he didn't hear at all even in the daytime. That is probably some phenomenon that has some fancy name, of course I have no idea what it is. But I do think it is interesting that our brain can tune things out like that.
Do you think that is how we end up in sin sometimes? I say one negative thing, share one tid bit of gossip, complain just a little.....and before I know it, it is happening more frequently. I get so numb to it I don't even hear myself doing it anymore. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit doesn't let me get away with it for long. Sometimes I hear Him when He chirps softly like a cricket, sometime it is more like the distant sound of traffic, and other times He has to get as loud as a train roaring by. But He doesn't give up and eventually I hear Him. I am so grateful that our Heavenly Father loves us enough to chasten us. He will not allow us to continue in sin. He always reminds us of who we are and whose we are.
"For He is our God and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your heart....." Psalm 95:7


  1. Wow! What a great illustration! I love that and couldn't agree with you more. I've experienced this very thing, when living near an airport, and near railroad tracks and sadly, with sin, too. Great reminder to us.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for your kind comment! = )

    Blessings to you!

  2. What a perfect illustration. We become desensitized to what is really going on. I never thought of it as you related here. I know whenever I hear crickets again, this thought process will come to my mind. Thank you for the kind and gentle reminder.

    Thank you for your sweet comments and for starting a blog.

  3. Ouch. Great comparison - I was thinking as I was reading that I can completely tune out our nearby train (unless I am listening for it) and didn't see that comparison coming! Yes, I guess sin really does creep in like that - we become too accustomed to it. But, just like I can tune to ear to listen for the train...I can fine tune my heart to notice those sneaky sins right away. I'll probably remember this every time I hear that train (which just went by!!) :) Thanks!!

  4. good thoughts mom and a great reminder. You know where we work makes it easy to slip into this kind of stuff because so much of it goes on around us. thanks for sharing.

    according to my psych 1101 class the phenomenon is simply called "desensitization" if I'm remembering correctly, or habituation. do whatever you want with that!


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